A new study suggest that high levels of bisphenol-A (BPA) may be tied to miscarriage.
The study found that high levels of BPA may raise the risk of miscarriage in woman prone to it or those that are having trouble getting pregnant. The evidence isn’t enough to make a solid link, but it does add to the idea that BPA could affect fertility. BPA is mostly found in plastics and canned food linings. The chemical can give off weak, hormone-like effects. A test has shown that BPA can be found in almost everyone’s urine. The study was conducted with the help of 115 newly pregnant women that had a history of infertility or miscarriage. 68 of these woman had miscarriages and 47 gave birth to living babies. The researchers studied the women’s blood and separated them into categories based off of the BPA levels in their blood. Woman in the group with high BPA levels were at an 80% higher risk to have a miscarriage than woman in the lowest level, reports the Associated Press.
“While further study is needed, the findings add to the case for revisiting the decision by FDA not to ban BPA in food uses,” Dr. Leo Trasande, an associate professor of pediatrics and environmental medicine at the NYU Langone School of Medicine, told CBS News.